As the 2020 season nears, Royals fans are understandably excited about the stockpile of pitching prospects the team has accumulated. We’re all anxious to see them make it to the majors and (let’s hope) lead Kansas City back to the postseason. Of course, the concept of a group of young pitchers making an immediate impact … Continue reading The Year Of The Card–Danny Jackson, 1985
Through 51 seasons of baseball, the Royals’ constant search for power hitters has been well-chronicled, here and elsewhere. As you all know, Jorge Soler just this season became the first Royal to win a league home run title, but even more amazing, he became the first Royal to crack the 40-homer mark in a season. … Continue reading What If…The Royals Had Acquired Reggie Jackson?
When Opening Day of the 2020 season rolls around, the Royals’ lineup card will be set by someone not named Ned Yost for the first time since May 13, 2010. Just consider for a second the likelihood of a team having the same manager for a decade (essentially). By my count (with the help of … Continue reading Ned Yost: Best Manager In Royals History?
As you (hopefully) know, this site has chronicled the Royals’ daily march through the 1969 season all year long, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team’s first season. You can find all of those posts here. As a capper, let’s review the whole season on a more macro level. Setting The Stage Of course, … Continue reading Season In Review: The 1969 Royals Start Franchise History With Solid Season
The Royals ended their inaugural season with a four-game winning streak, thanks to a 6-2 win over California at Municipal Stadium. Both starting pitchers were effective, and the game entered the seventh as a scoreless tie. In fact, California’s Vern Geishert was working on a no-hitter through six innings, with Kansas City’s only baserunner in … Continue reading This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: October 2
Ed Kirkpatrick continued his hot hitting with a two-run single, and Jerry Adair contributed a bases-clearing double, as the Royals defeated California 6-0 in a game stopped after five innings by rain at Municipal Stadium. Kirkpatrick, who had compiled 23 total bases in the previous two games (falling one short of tying a major-league record) … Continue reading This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: October 1
Ed Kirkpatrick single-handedly led the Royals to an 8-5 win over the Angels at Municipal Stadium, as he hit two home runs and drove in six. This was the second game in a row where Kirkpatrick hit two home runs. The barrage gave him 14 home runs for the season, which would ultimately lead the … Continue reading This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: September 30
The Royals enjoyed one last day off before the final series of the year, three home games against California. While an off day before the last series might seem odd, the Royals had not had one since August 25, playing 34 straight days. And thanks to a doubleheader, they played 35 games in those 34 … Continue reading This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: September 29
A pair of four-run innings helped the Royals close out the road portion of the 1969 schedule with a 10-3 whipping of the White Sox at White Sox Park in Chicago. Kansas City quickly jumped in front with one of those four-spots in the first inning. Scott Northey led off with a walk from Chicago … Continue reading This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: September 28
The Royals were stifled by White Sox starter Jerry Nyman, who scattered eight hits over nine innings in Chicago’s 6-1 win at White Sox Park. Nyman only struck out four but didn’t walk any hitters. He evened his record at 4-4 and lowered his ERA to 5.29. He was also helped by a double play … Continue reading This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: September 27